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Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the Coalition for Fat Identities. Take some time to look through our content and don’t hesitate to share how you’d like to get involved. Use the menu below to jump to a section of interest. 

Please contact us at [email protected] or connect with the members of our Directorate Board with questions or ideas.

Our MISSION

The Coalition for Fat Identities (CFI) is an Entity Group within ACPA – College Student Educators International charged with dismantling systems of oppression for Fat bodies by promoting awareness and creating inclusive spaces, centered around body and fat liberation and justice for faculty, staff, and students in Higher Education. In pursuit of fat liberation and justice, CFI works through an intersectional framework in recognition of the necessity to dismantle systems of white supremacy and colonization in order to achieve liberation for all marginalized and oppressed identities.

Advocacy

  • Inclusion as a protected class
  • Accessibility for all fat identities within universal design
  • Acquire and disseminate resources related to space accessibility, re: ergonomics, etc. and self-advocacy in the workplace
  • Create more inclusive spaces within ACPA and member institutions
  • Moving conversation beyond coalition and ACPA

     

    Education

    • Incorporate historical context, especially as anti-fatness relates to anti-Blackness
    • How race, class, and gender intersect with identity development
    • Promote/Provide alternative frameworks for understanding one’s individual identity and body self-acceptance
    • Create and disseminate a library/resource hub
    • Promote research around fat identity

    Engagement

    • Create a community for socializing, collaborating, and support
    • Collaborate with other coalitions to co-sponsor programs and to create educational opportunities at convention and throughout the year 
    • Recognition of fat liberation and fat identity work in our field
    • Rewards and awards for fat student affairs practitioners doing good work/programming/advocacy at their respective campuses

     

    HISTORY & Resources

    The Coalition for Fat Identities was founded on April 5, 2021. 

    Derron Borders initiated formation by posting in the Fat Student Affairs Professionals Facebook group in March 2021 requesting interest in creating a Coalition through ACPA. After gathering a group of interested parties, the group met for four (4) planning meetings that resulted in ACPA’s approval of the Task Force for Fat Folx (TFFF) by October of 2021. 

    TFFF endorsed their first programs and hosted their first in-person Business Meeting and Block Social at the ACPA22 Convention in St. Louis. Shortly thereafter, the first elected Directorate Board decided to change the name to Task Force for Fat Identities (TFFI). ACPA23 Convention in New Orleans saw members connecting from CelebrACPA through endorsed programs to a Block Social and shared meals.

    Founding MembersHollie Allbaugh, Derron Borders, Michelle Cerami, Janae Due, Allison Gagne, Nich Huston, Sara Karpik, Jessica Kilgore, Atiya McGhee, Amanda Morales, Rose Rezaei

    Past Chairs: Hollie Allbaugh (2022-2023)

    News & Updates

    upcoming events

    There are no upcoming events at this time

    Meet the Directorate Board

    Janae Due
    Janae Due

    Co-Chair (2022-2024)

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    Jessica Kilgore
    Jessica Kilgore

    Co-Chair (2023-2025) | Research & Scholarship Chair

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    Sophie Calhoun
    Sophie Calhoun

    Awards & Recognition Chair | Marketing & Communications Chair

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    Kaity Benson
    Kaity Benson

    Convention Relations Chair | Fundraising & Finance

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    Mack Pruitt
    Mack Pruitt

    Membership & Engagement Chair

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    Get Involved

    Become a member of the Coalition for Fat Identities! Support student learning in higher education by helping to share knowledge of best practices, policies, and programs for fat liberation that impacts everyone in the higher education community. Join us on Discord for stay connected and get involved.

    Ready to join?

    Joining an Entity through the ACPA Member Portal automatically identifies you as a member of that Entity! You can join Entities and gain access to their workspaces through the Entity Involvement Form within the ACPA Member Portal.

    1. Once logged in, navigate to the Dashboard’s horizontal menu and select “My Account”
    2. Select “My Profile” from the dropdown menu
    3. A new page will appear
    4. On the “My Profile” tab, select the “Entity Involvement Profile”
    5. A new page will appear
    6. Select to join and unselect to leave Entities
    7. Then scroll to the bottom and select “Save Extended Fields” to confirm changes

    Contact [email protected] to learn more or ask questions!

    Any ACPA member can become involved and there are varying levels of involvement:

    • Attend our member meetings or others events throughout the year
    • Submit a program proposal related to Fat Identities for the annual convention and we may sponsor your program
    • Review conference programs for the annual convention
    • Attend our open business meeting and block social at the annual ACPA convention
    • Attend our sponsored programs at the annual ACPA convention
    • Apply to join our Directorate Board

    Awards

    Beginning in 2024, the Coalition for Fat Identities will collect nominations for our annual awards process. Recipients will be announced in mid-December and awarded at the next ACPA Convention.

    Nominations will open in the summer or fall.

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